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Break the Pattern (Once and For All)

I shared with you how words are a main vehicle of blessing or cursing. (Click here to read.) Your mouth gives expression to what you think, feel and want. Further, our words are a result of who we believe we are! This can work for us …or against us.

Allow the Holy Spirit to bring to your remembrance the sins and iniquities of your parents and forefathers, and confess them. Personally forgive your forefathers of their iniquities. Ask God to forgive specific sins of your forefathers. Make a faith decision to forgive and cancel their debt – including those who have wounded you by their sins and iniquities!

“Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’ For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” Matthew 6:12-15 NIV

Confess your participation in the iniquities of your family tr…

5 Steps to Keeping Your Dreams and Visions Alive!

As our nation, world—and perhaps even our own lives—experience a period of upheaval, God has a message of vital importance for each of us:
Dare to dream – even now! I believe God is urging us to push forward and pursue our life-long goals and dreams – especially at this time. And to assist us in this mission, the Holy Spirit will reveal new gifts, talents, and abilities for us to draw upon, as we focus forward and strive toward our God-given purpose and destiny!

“But Paula,” you may be saying, “I don’t have it in me! I have too many bills, my family is in crisis, my career is in limbo. How can I possibly pursue any dream?”
Nobody knows what you are truly capable of doing…except God!  There will be plenty of times when you won’t feel up to it. Even when things are good, many people don’t realize their own capacity for success…and it can be even more to difficult to believe in our dreams when things are tough.

BUT…it’s important to continue to dream—because your dreams are powerful! I’m…

6 Signs of an Ungodly Soul-Tie

Man is made in the likeness and image of God. God is a trinity, meaning He is three in one being. God is a Spirit, He has a soul, and both of these are clothed (or housed) in a body of flesh.

The Spirit “is the divine (God) nature of man designed to be in regular communication with God. The soul is the mind, the intellect, the will, the emotions, the choice or decision-making part of man – basically his personality. The soul is the part of man which enables him to live practically in this world (language, math, social skills, etc.). The body is the house in which the other two live, and provides the means whereby the spirit and soul express themselves. I want to talk to you more in depth about the soul, and it’s function in comparison to the spirit and body because there are issues that can lodge themselves in the soul of a person that can go very deep.
The soul of man is that part which is uniquely him. It is what we think of as the personality of man. The soul is the choices we mak…

The Washing of Regeneration

A comical irony exists among the hostile world and Christians: As the world mocks at the idea of Christ’s blood washing away sins, the world struggles to remove the stain of sin through means that actually make it worse. For example, consider the way most try to make up for sin. The natural reaction to cover up bad is to do good. “I know I’ve done wrong,” as we’ve heard it said, “but I continue to do my best. I do good. And I know that in the end, when I meet God, He will understand and let me off the hook.”

Doing good to cover up bad doesn’t free the unbeliever from sin. It makes it worse. It gives them the freedom to think that nothing is actually wrong, that they should continue living as they do without the fear that someday they must give an account.

Although not regarding their eternal state but just the practical reaction to sin, believers have a similar struggle. When you sin how often do you try to cover it in some way? Some of us like to not think about our sin, so we shove…

Heirs to Eternal Life

If you’ve fallen like me, then you have found yourselves in a dream world where money is no problem and many respect your upscale economic status. If you’re like me, then you didn’t come from a wealthy family nor do you presently live according to the rich of this age. Perhaps, like mine, your parents or grandparents didn’t leave you any inheritance—and never will. You’ve had friends who have been blessed with a generous inheritance, but you can only sit from time to time and dream how it would feel to be a beneficiary of remarkable wealth.

For the believer in Christ, I think there is more to our desire to inherit than our love for money. Although our American money-hungry empire influences our fantasy world to dream about a better place where only money can take us, our fascination has something right: we were made to be heirs. A believer who has been redeemed by the blood of Christ is now an heir in the body of Christ.

And so, since we have been justified by his grace, we become heirs…

Creatively Speaking

"For she said, if I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole."
Mark 5:28
I am going back to this story of the woman with the issue of blood once again, but this time to analyze an important aspect of her faith. (If you would like to read the previous article about this woman, click here.)

We know the end of the story. Jesus felt virtue come out of Him, so He called His disciples to attention to locate who had touched Him. His disciples were puzzled, because the crowds were all grabbing Him. But the woman not only heard the commotion, she started it. Like Jesus, she too felt something, for virtue entered inside her body and dried up her womb. She came and identified herself before Jesus.

If you do not take notice of the use of this verb, you could miss the impact of her actions.  The Bible records, she "said," "if I touch, I shall be whole." The verb "said" in Greek denotes a repeated action. It also grammatically implies she alone was the prim…

Touch the Word

"Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched."
Luke 8:44
The woman with the issue of blood had spent all she had on physicians and was no better. For twelve long years she wasted away looking for answers wanting nothing but to be made whole.

Jesus was in town, and a large crowd had gathered to see him. But this woman determined she was not just going to see Jesus; she was going to touch Jesus. She pressed her way through the multitude and the Bible says she touched the border, or the hem, of his garment. The hem was a fringe or a tassel sown to each of the four corners of a man's garment. It was a braided string twisted with a blue yarn in it. It had knots tied into each string that represented the Ten Commandments. It was a prayer shawl.

It is important that we notice she did not touch just any part of Jesus garments; she touched the hem. This act represented her touching the fringe in faith that stood for the Word.…

YOUR words have POWER!

“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” 3 John 2 KJVMan is made in the likeness and image of God. God is a trinity, meaning He is a three in one being. God is a Spirit, He has a soul, and both of these are housed in a body of flesh. The Spirit “is the divine nature of man designed to be in regular communication with God. The soul is the mind, the intellect, the will, the emotions, the choice or decision-making part of man – basically his personality. The soul is the part of man which enables him to live practically in this world. The body is the house in which the other two live, and provides the means whereby the spirit and soul express themselves.

God desires that you may prosper and be in good health. The phrase here “mayest prosper” in Greek means “to succeed in reaching; to have a prosperous journey.” Are there spiritual goals, career goals, relationships, or other godly dreams that you are reaching for? The phrase…

Will You Make The Great Exchange?

"But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength."
Isaiah 40:31
Where you are is not where you are going to be. God always calls us to a higher place in worship. There is a place in God that He wants you to go to. Have you ever called out to God and really expected it to arrive, only to be disappointed? Does it seem like the heavens are brass and your prayers just bounce back to the earth?

God says, "Wait on the Lord." The Hebrew word for "wait" means, "to trust with unlimited confidence." Isaiah is not saying wait in reference to time. It is not a time issue here; it is a trust issue. You see, if your focus is on time, then you will lose sight. But if you focus on trusting, then timing is no issue.
When you learn to trust with unlimited confidence, the Lord will renew your strength.  The word "renew" literally means, "to receive an exchange." The emphasis is not on renewing what you have, but rather is on exchangin…